Workout World: Daily 20

15th August, 2013

It’s no secret.  I’ve been looking for a way out of doing cardio, for years.  I always tried to get myself out of this one; sneak in the backdoor with a little extra weight training.  It’s something I never feel like doing.  Never. Never, ever.  Nope.  Not me.  But sometimes, sometimes we need to do certain things even though we don’t feel like it.   And like doing laundry I had to stop dreading activities that must get done.  The musts of life!

So over the last year I came up with the daily 20 , to keep things in-check.  To work on maintaining good heart health, to stay consistent with working out eventhough my schedule gets busy, eventhough things come up, eventhough I don’t have time, eventhough… eventhough… eventhough…

And what it’s done is shift my thinking about cardio, and transformed my body as well.  Tighter.  More taute.  Maintained.  In the non-WebMD version:- imagine cleaning up any fat around the heart and other organs (like the fatty tissue on chicken!) AND it helps clear out the blood vessels and improve blood flow… and clears pores which allows for beautiful dewy looking skin, and of course it tackles backfat and belly fat etcetera etcetera…

Yeeahh… yeaaaaahhhh… we all want that!

It’s only 20 minutes. – 2 sets of 10minutes.  4 sets of 5minutes.  Or 20 singles.  It’s how you look at it.  Sometimes you’ll go to thirty or forty minutes, sometimes the first five will feel like an eternity.  But it’s really only twenty minutes.  And there’s a reason for this – trust the process. (right mom?)

{Yessss… my mom does it too!  And my dad!!}

MOVE.

Choose a repetitive activity that is cardiovascular in nature.  In other words, it gets your heart rate elevated, and you sweat piglets.  (Always check in with your doctor’s orders)

You can JUMPROPE. RIDE. RUN. WALK. SKIP. JUMP UP. RUN UPHILL. WALK UPHILL.  HIGH KNEES. RUN IN PLACE. JUMP LUNGE. JUMP SQUAT. KETTLE BELL SWING. STEP UP. SPIN. DANCE. TURBOKICK. TAEBO. BOX. SWIM…

AIM to do it every single day.  Make it as intense as possible and scale it back when you’re having one of those days.

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Beginners (rust behind the knees, cobbed webs under the arms)– Start where you are, pick an activity and just get moving.  The hardest part can be just putting on your sneakers.  Don’t think.  Just do.  Only 20 minutes!

Middle of the road (You’ve been doing some of this… a little bit of that but…)  You’ve got the move part, now aim for the every single day part.

Training (You’re ready to raise the bar a bit)  Advance what you’ve been doing.  So if you have been running on flat ground, find a way to challenge your run  – in 20 minutes.  Uphill!  Up stairs!  Faster!  Ankle weights!  5 pushups after each run!  Or 10 rapid squats! Up the ante on what you’ve been doing!

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Take the action. The feeeelings?  They’ll catch up.

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